Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

The Protective Power of “I’m Crazy”

Why and when trauma clients believe that they must be crazy.
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9/11 15th Anniversary

Has your understanding of 9/11 changed after fifteen years? What issues concern you now?

Turbulence Injuries: Here We Go Again

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 31, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Apparently, each time there is an incident, I am going to have to cover the same material again. So, here we go.
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

Have I Been Traumatized?

By Arieh Y. Shalev on August 30, 2016 in Unraveling Trauma
Survivors' narratives teach us about shaping the consequences of trauma.

How to Cope With Difficult Milestones

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in To Heal and Carry On
Are the stories remembering Hurricane Katrina or other traumatic events causing you distress because of what you've been through? Here's some proven ways to cope.

Past Forgiveness: Part II

What does it take to forgive someone?

Spotlight on Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in The New Normal
How motorsports is spotlighting personality and brain function

How to Refer a Loved One for Counseling After a Disaster

By Jamie D. Aten Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in To Heal and Carry On
Are you worried your loved one may need professional help? Here's how to know and how to help.

The Lessons of Homelessness

Are you tired of the same old rhetoric about homelessness? Here is a different way to view the problem of homelessness.

Sea of Sadness

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on August 20, 2016 in Bear in Mind
For elephants in India, epic social changes are bringing hardships and hope.

If You Don’t Look Injured, You Must Be Fine

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your behavior after a car accident?

CIA Torture Techniques Harm Interrogators As Well

Torture used as an interrogation device can have severe, long-lasting effects.

Evicted and the Meaning of Home

What is the meaning of home and what author Matthew Desmond has to say about it in his new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Are We Living in Salem Circa 1693? Lessons for America 2016

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on August 14, 2016 in Beyond Freud
A great deal has been written about the dangers of ultra-nationalistic leaders in today's world. But only recently, have we begun to talk about the potential dangers of groups.

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your brain in a car accident?

Exercising Your Way to PTSD Recovery

Physical remedies such as intense exercise may help those suffering from PTSD.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 10, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb about MST, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape. Here is Part 2 of our interview.

My Homeless Shadow

Homelessness is a type of deep illness, a term coined by sociologist Arthur Frank for an illness that casts a shadow over your life.

Why It's So Hard to Get Over Some Breakup
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By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on August 08, 2016 in Me Before We
Chances are the more tumultuous the relationship was while you were in it, the more tumultuous your response in the aftermath of breakup will be.
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Why "Eroticized Rage" Is a Nonsense Concept

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Standard Deviations
'Eroticized rage' is a popular concept in sex addiction circles, but it is merely biased sex-negative moralism disguised as psychoanalytic jargon.

What Trump Doesn't Know That Any Commander in Chief Should

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Afterwar
Military families go to war vicariously with their service member and the grief and moral injury are the hidden casualties of war. Any future commander in chief should know this.

Transgender Homeless Youth Victimized by Shelter System

Housing discrimination remains a concern for homeless transgender youth.

Past Forgiveness

When is forgiveness not divine?
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Enough With the Trauma Reductionism!

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Psychology as a field has veered too far towards a social constructionist lens, placing too much emphasis on the effects of trauma, especially when it comes to sexuality.
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Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I spoke with Katie Webb, L.C.S.W., about Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, the risk of suicide, and how the VA experience can inform the national debate about college campus rape.

Could School Cause PTSD?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
For some, school is joy, for others okay, for others, a decades-long trauma.

Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

Our Emotional Reactions to Terrorism

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Face It!
Here's how to untangle the confusing array of emotions we feel in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Noticing Random Acts of Kindness

How our best hope for healing the world may start with a cup of coffee.